Alaska Certified Public Manager®

Building Leadership and Professionalism for Alaska’s Supervisors

The Certified Public Manager® (CPM) program is a nationally accredited management development program created by the American Academy of Certified Public Managers®. The program is designed to develop management, supervision and leadership skills in the public and private sectors.
To complete the program, students must complete 300 hours of training modules taken from a variety of topics ranging from entry level supervisory skills to executive management skills and complete a practicum within a local organization. While the subjects being taught are diverse, program participants say that it all comes down to learning how to better lead people.
“This program is all about people, and how it is vital to have the skills to lead and also follow well,” said program graduate Sonia Schumacher, office manager for Design Alaska.
What are the Alaska certifications?
The Alaska Certified Public Manager® (CPM) program awards three sequential levels of certification:
  • Level One: Certificate of Supervisory Management 
  • Level Two: Certificate of Associate Manager 
  • Level Three: Certified Public Manager® 
Note: Alaska's CPM Program awards non-transcripted, department-issued, continuing education certificates.
Where is the CPM recognized?
The following states are accredited or active members of the National CPM Consortium:
ColoradoDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGraduate School USA
KansasKentuckyMarylandMetropolican Washington Council of Governments
NevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew Mexico
North CarolinaOhioOklahomaPennsylvania
South CarolinaTexasU.S. Virgin IslandsUtah
Associate Members

Alaska Certified Public Manager® statewide coordination

University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service (CES) assumed statewide coordination of the Alaska Certified Public Manager® program in 2012 in partnership with other University of Alaska campuses, the State of Alaska Division of Personnel, and the Alaska Municipal League. For more information, contact the CPM Statewide Program Coordinator, Juella Sparks, at (907) 474-7115 or email

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